The Germans are slanderously accusing the Poles of murdering a large number of the members of the German minority. As already mentioned, the number “murdered” was first stated to be 2,000, later it suddenly jumped to 58,000, and even 65,000. These figures constitute a growing degree of falsehood in German propaganda.
Today it is no longer necessary to refute these falsehoods. It is sufficient to state that in September, 1939, a certain relatively small number of Germans were shot in execution of sentences of courts martial. Those sentenced to death were not “innocent members of the German minority,” as the official Nazi propaganda thesis would have it. They were spies, sabotageurs, and diversionists, caught red-handed.
It has to be added that the German authorities in Poland, against all the fundamental principles of international law, are shooting and murdering those Poles who in September, 1939, did their duty to their own country, by pointing out the German spies and diversionists to the Polish authorities or conducting them to the Polish military authorities.